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Environmental Resources: Citing Sources

RefWorks

If you're having trouble keeping track of your research sources and citing them all correctly, consider using RefWorks.  RefWorks is a citation management tool that can save you a lot of time and stress.  It can even create a Works Cited page for your project.  Sign-up for an account - it's free and you can keep using it even after you graduate.  

To get started you can do some of the tutorials below or come to a RefWorks Workshop in the Library on the following dates. 

Why Cite Sources

  • To acknowledge where you found your ideas

  • Lend credibility to your ideas

  • Allow others to verify your facts

  • Provide your readers with a link to additional sources on the topic

When do you cite sources?

When

  • Quoting  - using another's exact words.  Put them in quotation marks

  • Paraphrasing - re-stating another's ideas in your own words

  • Summarizing - summing up a lengthly passage in one or two sentences of your own

All sources used, whether quoted, prarphrased , or summarized must be citing using the appropriate citation method.

Strategies for avoiding plagiarism

  • Start research early, so you are not rushed at the end

  • Take good notes

  • keep track of your sources/citations to works consulted

  • Know what you need to cite, what you don't, and how to do it

  • Use the appropriate style manual

  • Ask for help!

         At the Writing Center

         At the Library

         From your Professor

 

Subject Guide

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Carol Zoppel
Contact:
Berry Library, Room 210H
(978) 542-6811